There was an interesting article on the new test for Downs Syndrome on the BBC website today. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37500189

It started with the horrific statistic that 90% of the people in the UK who know that their children will have Down's Syndrome have an abortion. But then went on to interview a woman who said of her son with Down's, "Having Olly in my life has changed me and my family for the better."

What is so frightening about the new test for Down's Syndrome is the assumption behind it. That we are capable of making decisions about who should be born and who should be killed in the womb. These decisions are made almost entirely on the subjective basis of how people feel their lives will be looking after a disabled child or what will be the "quality" of life for the child themselves.

King David says to God in the Bible,

"For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb." (Psalm 139:13)

And God doesn't make mistakes.

That doesn't mean that having a child with a disability won't be emotionally and physically exhausting. It doesn't mean that you might well shed more tears than most parents. But you might also have more laughs (read the article to see why). 

What it does mean is that each child is a gift from God. His blessing to us. Certainly that has been my experience of the disabled children and adults I have been privileged to know.

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